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The very first episode of General Hospital!

Discussion in 'US Daytime Soaps' started by Thorne, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. Thorne

    Thorne New Member

    Is there any possibility in the virtual world existing,that I can find and watch the first episode of my dear US soap opera titled "General Hospital"? I am a newbie and have no idea,how to find aforementioned episode...Have been looking for it on the youtube.com,but without desirable effects...Please,help me.

    For any responses thanks in advance! :)
  2. JROG

    JROG Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forums, cool name! :) :hello:

    I'm afraid I can't help you, to my knowledge there hasn't been any release of the first episode, nor has someone posted it. I'm guessing it's going to be quite difficult, I'm not sure it even exists.

  3. Thorne

    Thorne New Member

    Are you trapped in GH's net as I am? :p This soap really rocks and it's genuine,that if someone longs for action&drama,should introduce themselves with General...

    I may be willing to expand the horizons of this thread and ask you about your favourite characters/motives etc.
  4. JROG

    JROG Well-Known Member

    LoL, I am afraid I am going to disappoint you; I am not a regular GENERAL HOSPITAL viewer, but I do occasionally watch it. I think that it IS good, perhaps the best of all ABC Soaps but, then again, I don't really have much love for ABC Soaps.

    Of course, it DOES have Jason in it, who is incredible :D:D:D

  5. CarlD

    CarlD Well-Known Member

    I remember ABC showing this 1st episode to celebrate some anniversary, it was when they first redid the theme song & opening from the "traditional" one (with the ambulance entering the gate).

    Think it was in 1993 for their 30th anniversary ???
  6. ChrisSumnerMatheson

    ChrisSumnerMatheson Well-Known Member

    I actually have the unaired pilot for GH. It starred Denise Alexander who went on to play Laura's mom Lesley, who still appears from time to time. Not sure if the actual first episode still exists though. We have no clue what exists for soaps in the 50s-70s.
  7. PT Freakin' G

    PT Freakin' G Well-Known Member

    It was probably recorded over like much of early OLTL was, unfortunately.
  8. Thorne

    Thorne New Member

    What is that supposed to me?
  9. JROG

    JROG Well-Known Member

    PTGuy is saying that, probably like ONE LIFE TO LIVE's first years, ABC used the tapes of episodes to record other shows over. :eek::eek::eek:

    How STUPID can that be? So much work, gone down the drain!

  10. Thorne

    Thorne New Member

    Oh God! What a foolish habit! So much work wasted!! :(
  11. ChrisSumnerMatheson

    ChrisSumnerMatheson Well-Known Member

    That's true for most of the soaps in the 50s, 60s and 70s. I'm sure there are more episodes saved than we think, but certainly nothing close to full runs from those decades. Because soaps will likely never be released on DVD or be put in syndication, we have no way of knowing what all is saved.

    We do know that Ryan's Hope and Dark Shadows were smart enough to save their entire runs. I've heard Y&R is complete as well. Starting in the 80s soaps began to save all the episodes.

    From the Procter and Gamble soaps on AOL.com, they began Edge of Night episodes in 1979, so I'm hoping they have all of their soaps complete from that point on.
  12. PT Freakin' G

    PT Freakin' G Well-Known Member

    I have recently come across 1969 episodes of OLTL -- I'll be posting those in a new thread.

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